Sewing has always been an important part of Mary Maine's life and patchwork entered it in the very early 1960’s. What started off as very basic techniques gradually became much more interesting and challenging and she realised that she wanted to design her own work. Mary is completely self-taught and has made many mistakes along the way, but strongly feels that this is the right way to learn – by your mistakes.
Her work has taken her around the world, teaching and lecturing in America, Canada and on one occasion, Australia. Mary retired a few years ago, after over 40 years to concentrate on commission work and exhibition pieces.
Mary's quilts have won awards many times and she has a number in private collections and The National Post Office Museum bought one that won a First Prize at QUILTS UK in 1995. Many books and magazines have featured her work.
Mary is an Honorary Member of The Quilters Guild of The British Isles and judged at the Festival of Quilts for a number of years. This show is the biggest in Europe, held at the National Exhibition Centre each year.